Local police officers have arrested a man who last week caused a nearby neighborhood to be under lock down.
Winston Baker, 26, from Sunland was wanted in connection with a vehicle stolen from Bakersfield. The vehicle in question, a white pick up truck, was first called to law enforcement's attention on Thursday, Feb. 23, when a community member noticed that the back license plate did not match the front. The truck was parked in front of a duplex in the 2800 block of Altura Avenue. After a brief investigation, the officer found that the vehicle identification number had been reported as stolen in Bakersfield.
According to Sgt. Tom Lorenz of the GPD, the officer then back away from the truck, waiting for assistance to arrive. At some point, Baker allegedly came out of the duplex and entered the vehicle. However, when he saw the officer he ran back into the duplex, which then ignited a standoff that lasted over five hours. Glendale's Special Weapons and Tactics [SWAT] was called out as were many police officers and a negotiating team.